Learn from the Best in the Industry
Texas Kickboxing Academy is affiliated with and employs the curriculum taught at the legendary martial arts academies The Pit and American Top Team. The TKA staff regularly visit these facilities to review the latest in martial arts techniques as well as to train with some of the best fighters in the world.
John Hackleman, The Pit Master
John Hackleman is a martial artist, instructor, fighter, trainer and promoter. Mr. Hackleman is best known for starting a training camp in Arroyo Grande, California in 1993, called “The Pit” and is a professional trainer to UFC fighters like Chuck Liddell , Glover Teixeira , Court McGee and others. In addition to training students and fighters at The Pit, he also served as assistant coach for three seasons on the Ultimate Fighter.
Master Hackleman believes conditioning is one of the key components to the success of his students and fighters. This belief led to the development of CrossPit™ which is a dynamic program designed to develop flexibility, speed, strength, power and endurance. Sifu Garcia has been training under Master Hackleman since 2008 and is currently working on earning his black belt under The Pit martial arts system.
Luigi Mondelli, Top Team MMA
Luigi Mondelli is the head instructor and owner of American Top Team Connecticut, He is also the founder of KORE™ Martial Arts Association, which now has 12 schools in seven states throughout the United States. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Master Mondelli is a 3rd degree black belt, has been training and competing over 19 years, and now looks forward to continue the KORE™ traditions of respect, hard work and competitive training with his students.